Your car is an investment that requires proper maintenance
to keep it running correctly. A vehicle’s suspension system can easily be
neglected. However, your suspension system is actually one of the things you
should be looking out for when performing vehicle maintenance.
The suspension system consists of springs, shock absorbers,
struts, and parts that connect your vehicle to its wheels and allows for motion
between the two. Simply put, the suspension is what connects the cars body to
its wheels. The suspension system is responsible for regulating the bouncing
motion that your car would go through out on the road, making your drive more
manageable and protecting the vehicle from damage or wear.
A healthy suspension system will ensure that all four of
your vehicle’s tires remain on the ground at all times, thus preventing
rollovers while maximizing braking ability. Some people mistakenly believe the
suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore repairs may not
be as important as other maintenance issues. However, having a bad suspension
can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when
stopping or turning, so it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of
No matter how you use your car, eventually there will be an
effect on your suspension system. Suspension systems are designed to last
through hours of forceful use, under daily and extreme circumstances. However,
after consistently supporting several tons of metal, eventually the shocks will
wear out and suspension repair will be necessary.
If you ever notice any of the following issues, make sure
you contact us to have your suspension serviced right away:
1. Car Rides Roughly
Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out
when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the
vehicle body to “bounce.” A rough ride is an obvious sign that your
vehicle’s suspension needs work.
2. Drifting or pulling during turns
With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the
vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This
basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable
against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If
you feel this sensation while turning, it’s time to take the car to a trusted
auto repair shop for servicing.
3. Dips or “nose dives” when stopping
When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle
body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly.
This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension
can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).
4. Uneven tire tread
Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is
wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is
often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore
putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.
5. Damaged, “oily” shocks
If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at
the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that
they are leaking fluid and therefore aren’t working properly. It’s probably
time to get those shocks replaced.
6. Try the “bounce test”
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to
one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the
car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your
weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the
rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times
after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.
To receive expert suspension repair in Sherman Oaks, CA,
give us a call at (818)986-7376. Postponing suspension repairs puts your safety
in jeopardy. The ASE-certified experts
here at Koester Automotive and Collision Center are ready to help. We have
built a solid reputation for excellent customer service and trusted repairs at
affordable rates. We provide full service auto repair for all makes and models